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Article Date: 14th July 2017

Panasonic Launches New Generation of Gas-Driven VRF

Gas Driven VRF - Gas Heat Pump - Heat Pumps

Panasonic gas driven VRF system

The latest generation of Panasonic’s efficient, high performance gas driven VRF system offers a comprehensive heating, cooling and hot water solution to large-scale commercial projects.

  • Ideal for projects with power supply restrictions because of low electricity consumption
  • DHW produced through capture of waste heat from engine
  • Stable heating capacity down to -20°C
  • New GE3 generation features increased SEER / SCOP thanks to redesigned components
  • New GE3 generation includes DHW priority setting

Panasonic’s efficient gas heat pump (GHP) units utilise a gas-powered engine to deliver powerful heating, cooling and hot water. The use of a gas-driven engine reduces the consumption of electricity to just 9% of an equivalent-sized electricity-powered VRF solution. The low electricity consumption ensures that Panasonic’s GHP range is the ideal solution for projects where there are restrictions to the power supply, enabling the building’s power supply to be used for other critical infrastructure such IT servers, commercial refrigeration and other building services. The GHP runs on either natural gas or LPG and just a single-phase power supply, which reduces the capital cost required to upgrade power substations to run heating and cooling systems.

The GHP unit is able to meet high demand for DHW through capturing waste heat from the engine generated during heating and cooling operation. This free generation of DHW makes Panasonic’s GHP the ideal solution for commercial applications as it is able to deliver hot water at 65°C without requiring additional electric heaters.

Panasonic’s GHP solution features exceptionally efficient performance. The GE3 range can offer 100% heating capacity and DHW at temperatures as low as -20°C without requiring a defrost process. To further optimise efficiency, multiple units can be combined in configurations up to 60 HP, providing a full-scale heating, cooling and hot water solution.

The new GE3 range of GHP technology features a number of significant improvements on the previous iteration of the technology. The seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) has increased to over 1.9 and the seasonal coefficient of performance (SCOP) has also increased to above 1.3, showing the phenomenal efficiency of Panasonic’s GHP solution. The GE3 series features a number of technical innovations, including a redesigned fan, a new type of heat exchanger and larger engine pulley, which deliver more powerful and efficient performance, reduce electricity consumption even further and better partial load control.

Since the first GHP unit was introduced in 1985, Panasonic has sold over 200,000 units of this market-leading technology. In keeping with its culture of constant innovation, Panasonic has continued to develop its GHP solution, with this latest GE3 iteration providing the most efficient and powerful heating, cooling and hot water solution yet.

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